2016, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.
The biggest bus related event of 2016 was the arrival of Leigh Guided Busway, as illustrated by the V1 service seen at Leigh bus station.

If 2016’s transport scene was to be represented by two pieces of popular music, we opened with The Beatles’ Fixing A Hole and finished with Joe Jackson’s Steppin’ Out. The former, indicative of the A57(M)’s cavity; the latter, First Greater Manchester’s closure of its Bury and Dukinfield garages.
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The Sultans of SID: #8, Tim Follin

Our eighth SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

He could cause a right LED Storm in Fifth Gear.

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The Sultans of SID: #7, Martin Walker

Our seventh SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

He was big on music for shoot-em-ups, especially Delta and Armalyte.

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The Sultans of SID: #6, David Whittaker

Our sixth SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

Take a letter, Lazy Jones.

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The Sultans of SID: #5, Chris Hülsbeck

Our fifth SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

His most famous work is the soundtrack for Turrican.

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The Sultans of SID: #4, Ben Daglish

Our fourth SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

Take the last two letters out of “Kenny”, change the “K” to “B”, then delete one of the letter Ls.

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The Sultans of SID: #3, Jeroen Tel

Our third Advent Calendar door in our celebration of the SID supremos

Back to yesterday’s clue:

A Dutch noise maniac.
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The Sultans of SID: #2, Steven Rowlands

Our second SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

One of two Essex brothers at the height of their powers.

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The Sultans of SID: #1, Martin Galway

East of the M60’s 2016 Advent Calendar celebrates the legends behind the SID chip

There are few sound chips that have had as good a following as the Commodore 64’s SID chip. Otherwise referred to 6581 (or 8581 on the later C64C and C64GS machines) in numerical form, it is the soundtrack of many a misspent 1980s and 1990s youth. Continue reading “The Sultans of SID: #1, Martin Galway”

Now We Are Ten: Our Not So Perfect Ten

A special edition of The Not So Perfect Ten celebrating ten years of East of the M60

Was it really ten years when East of the M60 began to trouble the deepest recesses of cyberspace? Indeed it was.

East of the M60 started life as a secondary blog to The Stuart Vallantine Web Experience. Its original aim was to promote my activities as speaker with an autism spectrum condition. It was also seen as an extension of the ‘old school’ website – the Mouth of S.V. to the MacNeil of the portfolio. In the early days, blog posts went out on a fortnightly basis, usually written in the last twenty or so minutes of my work dinner hour. As Chez Vall didn’t get broadband access till 2009, anything written at home was done via a 56k dial-up modem. Continue reading “Now We Are Ten: Our Not So Perfect Ten”